Virtus.Pro looked absolutely dominant as they crushed NoPangolier 3-0 in the Grand Finals of the Maincast Autumn Brawl to win the tournament and add $50,000 to their coffers.
One of the headliners of the tournament, Virtus.Pro were a shoo-in to win the tournament. That, they certainly did. Team Spirit stood very little chance against them, although they did find themselves in a relatively close series against Ninjas in Pyjamas in the semifinals. Meanwhile, NoPangolier had pretty much beaten every notable CIS Dota 2 team other than Virtus.Pro to secure their spot in the Grand Finals.
In the Grand Finals, NoPangolier put up a valiant effort. They pushed Virtus.Pro in both Games 1 and 2, giving it all their got. Heading into Game 3, the series had already lasted for more than an hour; the first two games had lasted more than two hours combined. However, in Game 3, everything changed.
Vladimir ‘No[o]ne‘ Minenko had a free lane on his Invoker as Aleksandr ‘Ceyler‘ Popo couldn’t do anything on his Visage. At the same time, Vladimir ‘RodjER‘ Nikogosyan wreaked havoc all over the map on his Tiny.
As a result, Virtus.Pro held a significant gold advantage just minutes into the game and went on to clinch the series just a few seconds shy of the 25-minute mark.
Virtus.Pro Are Your Maincast Autumn Brawl Champions
After dominating the inaugural Dota Pro Circuit, Virtus.Pro could only make it to the Top 6 at this year’s The International. This was not a low by any means. But, it was still disappointing for a team that had 4 Major titles in a single season.
Virtus.Pro just did not look dominant at TI8. In particular, many pointed out RodjER as having difficulty adjusting. As the meta shifted and roaming became less viable, RodjER failed to have as much impact as he did in the months prior. However, a few months later, it seems that RodjER has found a way to adjust.
As for NoPangolier, they are a legitimately good team that should make some noise at the CIS region. If they can find themselves a good organization and stay together for the entire season, they can easily match up against every CIS team other than Virtus.Pro.
Overall, the Maincast Autumn Brawl is a non-bearing tournament. It’s an online tournament featuring only teams from CIS and EU. But, it is a good for the scene. With a long lull period between Valve tournaments for the 2018-19 Dota Pro Circuit, teams need every chance they can get to play. This is especially true if tournament organizers can find a way to mix in both proven powerhouses and up-and-coming teams.
That was what happened in the Maincast Autumn Brawl. Less-proven teams had a chance to go up against the best their regions had to offer. At the same time, they also had to play against each other first for that right.